Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 28th Apr 2003 15:48 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today we feature an in-depth interview with three members of FreeBSD's Core (Wes Peters, Greg Lehey and M. Warner Losh) and also a major FreeBSD developer (Scott Long). It is a long read, but we touch a number of hot issues, from the Java port to corporate backing, the Linux competition, the 5.x branch and how it stacks up against the other Unices, UFS2, the possible XFree86 fork, SCO and its Unix IP situation, even re-unification of the BSDs. If you are into (any) Unix, this interview is a must read.
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by Mike Hearn on Tue 29th Apr 2003 08:49 UTC

Pretty good interview. I thought a few of the Linux bashings were a bit off though, the whole "linux is fragmented and inconsistant" - well, I don't know for sure but I suspect you'd have problems running NetBSD binaries on FreeBSD, and OpenBSD binaries on NetBSD. What is their point? There are multiple versions of *BSD too, and Redhat is no less a "system" than Red hat is. I think they underestimate the amount of integration and testing the distros do.

Oh, BSD users always seem to come out with "Linux zealots want to rule the world", and use that to try and make the "we don't care what the rest of the world thinks, we can use what we like" attitude seem more reasonable. I personally don't agree. Wanting to rule the world is a sign of confidence in the product! ;) Anyway, to pretend that a FreeBSD or Linux user exists in isolation is false - whenever you hit problems with friends sending you word files, not being able to play the latest games, view movie trailers etc you have the problems caused by the rest of the world using non-free software. So, it seems like a defeatist argument really to say improving the desktop doesn't really matter. I don't mind them taking that approach, they should work on what they want, but I detect slight bitterness over the fact that Linux does.

The comparisons with MacOS were rather funny as well. MacOS X is not FreeBSD, not even close. Yes, it may use some of its code, but some of the responses seemed to be "that's a solved problem, just use MacOS X", or "if you want FreeBSD on a Mac, use MacOS" seemingly ignoring the fact that MacOS is not a free nor open platform like FreeBSD/Linux is.